Ruth Elizabeth “Pat” King, age 99, passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, with her family around her.
She was born Dec. 14, 1913, in Evansville, Wis., to Cora Mae Wood and Guy Asel Patterson. She went to Beauty College and worked as a Beautician at the University Co-op and Jack & Jill Salon for several years in Madison, prior to marrying Herbert Marshall King on Sept. 29, 1939, in Dubuque, Iowa. They helped run “Old Timer’s Resort” on Chain Lake, farmed, and then operated King’s Inn tavern in rural New Auburn for almost 30 years, and owned it for close to 60 years. In 1980, she and Herb retired to their Chain Lake, New Auburn home and enjoyed going to flea markets, sewing, gardening, baking, cutting hair and raising their dogs (Muffin and Buster), along with chickens, horses, hounds and goats.
Pat is survived by two sons, Jim (Sue) King of Eau Claire, and Tom (Jodi) King of New Auburn; grandchildren: Dan (Jill) King, Shelly King (Thomasena Beighley), Kim (Chuck) Butterfield, Brian (Marissa) King, Katie King, Tom Puchalla, Todd (Melissa) Puchalla; great- grandchildren: Mike King, Chris, Alysha and Kaleb Butterfield, Sunny King, Alexis, Quita, Samuel, Jordan, Isaac and Isabella Puchalla; sisters-in-law, Kathryn Skaw and Barbara Patterson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb (Feb. 9, 1997); her parents; her sister, Marsha Bruckner; and brothers, Harley, Lester, Wilbur, Philip and Clifford Patterson.
Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a 3 p.m. service at Schriver Funeral Chapel, Bloomer. A meal will follow the service.
Online condolences may be expressed at schriverfuneralchapel.com.